Kamikaze Girls (Shimotsuma Monogatari), which is a live action version of a book by Takemoto Novala, was one of those movies for me, where I almost reluctantly decided to watch it. The trailer looked pretty weird and couldn’t decide for myself if it was a good or bad weird. Fortunately I finally watched it last night and what a gem! Seriously, 30 minutes into the movie I was already captivated, most likely thanks to the vivid storytelling style and beautiful camera angles and scenery.
Momoko is an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life. Ordinary, that is, if you define ordinary as wearing elaborate lolita dresses from the Rococo period in 18th Century France. A complete fish out of water in her rural and sleepy Japanese town, where everyone buys their clothes (and everything else) at the same store and no one understands her, Momoko’s life is one of sugared sweets and frilly treats. Desperate to make some money to pay for her expensive indulgence, Momoko tries selling bootleg Ver*ace and Uni*ersal Studios clothes left over from her Dad’s yakuza (gangster) days. However, when punk girl and self-styled ‘Yanki’ Ichiko comes calling, her days as ‘ordinary’ are most certainly numbered… Road movie, buddy comedy, deeply insightful and surprisingly touching, the surreal world only further highlights the all too real friendship that brings these two unlikely girls together.
It’s one of those movies where Momoko (played by pop idol Kyoko Fukada) turns around and talks to the camera, which makes it more interesting and therefore it doesn’t take long before you really care about what happens to her. Ichigo, her sidekick couldn’t be any more different from her. But throughout the movie they learn from each other, which is a pretty nice touch.
A thing I couldn’t help but notice (of course) is that Kyoko Fukada (HOT!) was in it, and I actually didn’t notice until the very end that it was her. I thought she looked familar but that’s all. As it turns out I’ve seen her in the TV drama S.O.S. (Strawberry On the Shortcake) and really loved her in that (she was hot then too ;-)), so it was a pleasure seeing her again. She’s damn kawaii (cute).
Another noteworthy thing about the movie is the soundtrack, which was surprisingly good. There were 3 songs I REALLY liked:
It reminds me a lot of Avril Lavigne.
A very touching song, which plays twice. I like this one the most.
I really liked this and it plays in a pretty cool stylistically well done scene.
All in all, a
fucking great flick. :-D
I just ordered it from eBay, so I hope it’ll arrive soon.
And as always here’s a trailer:
i saw this movie 2 weeks ago…. and i really liked it…
how the differences between the two girls and how their friendship growing through out the movie….
nice movie i give it 9 out of 10…
A first, you’ll be reluctant to watch this movie but once you’re 20-30 minutes into it, you’ll fall in love with it!